Tea Roots started as a literary organization with major program activities in spoken word, poetry, literature and magazine publication. Gallery events go hand in hand with showcasing new written works, which highlight compelling issues about exhibit themes. Viewers can come to new understandings about their community and culture when art and word co-mingle.
Maya Khosla is our Literary Arts Coordinator and the 10th Poet Laureate for Sonoma County, CA (2018-2019). Her work for the natural world led her into the wild, to the page and to the screen. Searching for the Gold Spot, her new film about wild places after wildfire, is being featured in festivals across the United States. She continues to document wildlife across the State of California to figure out levels of pesticides that would be safe for non-target wildlife.
Her writing has been featured in journals including Flyway, Kosmos Journal, Nature Writing, Humans and Nature, Bird Note, Tiny Lights and others. Joining the Bay Area’s community of writers, Maya has contributed to Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival and has taught workshops at Stanford University Continuing Studies Program and at Mendocino Writers Workshop. Her new poetry collection, “Song of the Forests After Wildfire,” was recently accepted by Sixteen Rivers Press, a Bay-Area collective. Her books are “Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek” (non-fiction) and “Keel Bone” (poems, Bear Star Press, Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize).
Maya works closely with Tea Roots' Curator, Cassandra, to find writers in the community to curate and present works in correlation with every Tea Roots art exhibition.
For the forthcoming show, EvE, MK Chavez will be our guest Literary Curator. MK is the author of Mothermorphosis (Nomadic Press, 2016) and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press, 2017), and recipient of the 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Read more about the upcoming exhibit HERE.